George JepsenHARTFORD: Connecticut Attorney General, George Jepsen has again issued an opinion on the attempts by state legistlators to limit the speech rights of employers.

House Bill 5473, which would restrict businesses’ ability to speak freely in meetings with their employees on political, legislative, regulatory, or union organizing topics.

Jepsen said that the opinion found that federal law under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) would preempt the state legislation. He made a similar ruling in 2011 on a different bill, but proponents argue that the attendance at meetings is not speech but an action by the companies.

Screen Shot 2018 03 29 at 8.55.16 AMWETHERSFIELD: Employment in the state has continued to grow with an additional 2600 jobs added in February. The unemployment rate however increased to 4.6%

During the past year, nonagricultural employment in the state grew by 8,100 jobs (0.5%).

A little more good news, the January jobs number was revised upward to 3800 net new jobs from 3400.

The February jobs gain is the fourth consecutive month of job gains for the state.

Private Sector employment grew by 2,500 (0.2%) to 1,461,200 jobs over the month in February, and by 12,300 (0.8%) seasonally adjusted jobs over the year. The Government supersector gained 100 positions in February to a total of 230,800, but over-the-year losses were at -4,200 or -1.8%. The Government supersector includes all federal, state and local employment, including public higher education and Native American casino employment located on tribal land.

blackjackSPRINGFIELD: Mass., While MGM pitches a new casino for Bridgeport just over the the Connecticut border in Massachusetts the company has opened a training facility for casino dealers. Located on the ninth floor of the old State Building in the heart of downtown the “school” overlooks the MGM complex being built.

MGM has promised a similar training facility for Bridgeport and New Haven if it gets a go ahead for a Bridgeport casino.

As casinos pop up across the U.S and the region and job opportunities can be found from Rhode island to a new casino being built on the former Concord Hotel in New York’s Catskills.

Christian Nahas has been appointed President of Edible Brands, and will work from the company's "second" headquarters in Atlanta.

WALLINGFORD: Edible International is opening a second headquarters in Atlanta and has named Christian Nahas as President of Edible Brands, Nahas will work out of Atlanta.

In this newly-created position, Nahas will oversee all commercial operations of what the company says is “the world's largest franchisor of shops offering creatively designed fresh cut fruit arrangements and all-natural, fresh fruit snacks and treats.”

Founder and CEO Tariq Farid of Edible said that the brand's Connecticut headquarters will continue to serve as its home base, while the Atlanta office will provide Edible “with expanded franchise and retail resources. In addition, Atlanta's more central location and access to major transportation hubs makes it an attractive location to base much of the team needed to support the company's next phase of growth into new markets and product categories.”

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Legislators in the Connecticut State House and Senate have proposed legislation that will significantly impact sexual harassment cases and sexual harassment training requirements. Although the proposals differ slightly, it is clear that legislators are seeking to expand sexual harassment training, including requiring employers to train non-supervisory employees. One proposal also seeks to extend the limitation and deadline periods for accusers to bring complaints before state courts and the CHRO.

The proposal pending in the Senate is titled "The Time's Up Act." The proposal, which is a clear response to the #MeToo and Time's Up movements, purports to be the "Largest Overhaul in Connecticut History of Sexual Harassment Laws." The Time's Up Act proposes the following changes:

bluebuffWILTON: A Connecticut startup and success story Blue Buffalo Pet Foods [NASDAQ:BUFF] is reportedly being sold to General Mills [NYSE: GIS]to buy pet food maker Blue Buffalo for $8 billion in a cash transaction

Headquartered in Wilton the company founded in 2002 has 1,700 employees primarily in manufacturing in plants in Indiana and Missouri.

The company reported said 4th quarter profit of $53.6 million, 27 cents per share, earnings, adjusted for pretax gains and non-recurring gains, came to 24 cents per share and revenue of $337 million in the period, which also topped Street forecasts.

For the year, the company reported profit of $193.5 million, or 97 cents per share. Revenue was reported as $1.27 billion.

ENFIELD exterior JUNE2014
After $38 million in improvements just three years ago Mass Mutual is leaving its Enfield location and consolidating operations across the border in Springfield.

SPRINGFIELD: MassMutual Insurance is consolidating its operations in Springfield and a new $2500 million facility on Boston’s seaport. The company says the consolidation will result in a total investment in Massachusetts its home corporate location, of $300 million.

The Springfield corporate office will see 1,500 over the next four years to reach more than 4500 jobs there, and 500 at the Boston location.